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New Collaboration – Wheat.Pray.Love

Have you heard of Wheat.Pray.Love? If not, you've missed a lot! Sherilyn and Joey are the co-founders of this start-up that is dedicated to producing the most delicious and homemade seitan you will find in town.

Their paths crossed in 2016 and since then they embarked on a plant-based journey together. On the way discovered "this epic thing called seitan".  They started making their own version. After 3 years of perfecting their crafting skills, they are finally happy with the result and want to share. And so was born, Wheat. Pray. Love!

"Our mission is to simplify plant-based cooking and to hopefully inspire others to eat more plants. The ultimate goal is to create a better world collectively, for all animals, human and non-human alike", they say.

seitan
seitan

But what is seitan really? Seitan is a meat substitute made from gluten, the protein found in wheat. The process of making seitan involves washing wheat flour dough with water to remove the starch, leaving behind the elastic gluten.  The result is a dense and hearty texture that is seasoned and cooked, creating a chewy and protein-rich meat alternative.

Due to its high protein content, seitan is often considered a valuable source of plant-based protein for those following vegetarian or vegan lifestyles. And thanks to this collaboration, from this month you can find the seitan from Wheat.Pray.Love available at our store. As always, you can bring your own container, as we give it without plastic packaging.

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New Products – Almond Snacks

vegan feta-almond pie

For almond fans we have a surprise: Pomi has been busy developing two new products based on almonds and they already proved to be a success last weekend. Take note!

  • Vegan feta - almond pie: the main ingredient comes from our popular almond milk. The pulp left after squeezing the soaked nuts doesn't go to the rubbish! Instead, it is used as a base and mixed with vegan feta cheese, spinach, different herbs and spices. The result is a creamy mix that goes to the oven on top of a puff pastry and garnished with pine nuts. Wait for a couple of minutes and you will get a crunchy and delicious savoury snack!

For the ones with a sweet tooth we have a Swedish traditional dessert:

 

Almond Tosca Cake: a delicious dessert that typically consists of a moist almond-flavored cake base topped with a layer of crunchy caramelized almond and sugar mixture.  The combination of the soft and moist cake base with the crunchy, sweet almond layer on top creates a delightful contrast in textures and flavours.

Our vegan version contains almond milk instead of regular milk and it is also gluten free. Available at our store and soon online!

Almond tosca pie
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Recipe of the month: Beetroot – Sweet Potato Soup

Beetroot – sweet potato soup

Enjoy the comforting warmth of this hearty Beetroot-Sweet Potato Soup – a perfect remedy for rainy lazy days and an excellent option for food preparation with the convenience of freezing for later. Recipe for 4 portions:

Ingredients:

  • - Begin by peeling and chopping all the vegetables into small chunks.
  • - Heat a generous amount of olive oil in a large pot, creating a fragrant base for your soup.
  • - Gradually add the chopped vegetables to the pot, allowing them to mingle and infuse their flavours as they cook. Stir occasionally to create a harmonious blend.
  • - Once all the ingredients have joined the party in the pot, introduce an ensemble of spices – thyme, paprika, cumin, salt, and black pepper. Sauté for a few minutes, ensuring a symphony of aromas fills your kitchen!
  • - Cover the ingredients with water and bring the pot to a gentle boil. Allow the flavours to meld and intensify as the vegetables become tender.
  • - Once everything is perfectly cooked and softened, transform the mixture into a velvety texture with the help of a blender. For an extra touch of sweetness and creaminess, consider adding a splash of coconut milk.
Beetroot – sweet potato soup
  • - Enhance the taste profile with a dash of lemon juice for acidity, adjusting salt if necessary.
  • - Serve it with a sprinkle of toasted nuts or seeds for an added crunch, turning each spoonful into a delightful experience

Savour the heartiness of this Beetroot-Sweet Potato Soup – a soul-soothing creation that effortlessly combines simplicity with an explosion of flavours!

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New Collaboration – Hot Head Salsa!

hot head salsa

Greetings, salsa enthusiasts! Get ready for a flavour explosion that will ignite your taste buds and takes your culinary adventures to the next level. Introducing the last sizzling sensation – Hot Head Salsa!

Hot Head Salsa is a series of handcrafted, fermented hot sauces with a focus on small batches and freshly curated products. Kevin, founder of the company, tell how his journey started: "I actually did not grow up with spicy food; instead my parents would typically cook traditional French and Italian cuisine. I would watch them cook and always had a curiosity for experimentation and flavours. Over the years, I started exploring different world cuisines and grew a passion for spicy food"

After growing his own habanero pepper plants and transforming them in a hot sauce, he realised he had something on his hands. "I wanted to find out how I could improve this recipe and further enhance flavours; this is when I discovered the art of fermentation. As a chemist, I was intrigued by the science that goes behind the process. By breaking down large molecules into smaller building blocks, a whole new set of flavours are released for a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. The idea of Hot Head Salsa was born!"

All peppers are fresh, organic and sourced from a local Dutch pepper farm. Kevin has developed four different sauces, each of one has carefully selected ingredients and undergoes a 4-6 weeks lacto-fermentation to create intense flavour bombs!

Find the complete range of Hot Head Salsa online or at our store in Oud West Amsterdam.

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The Return of the Tofu

We receive 2024 with great news: our homemade organic tofu is back!

We started producing our own tofu in 2022, and soon it gained a high popularity among our customers, who would approach to the store with their own container to get as much tofu as possible.  We love to see people enjoying our own creations! However, tofu is a long and tedious process, which also requires a physical space larger, than our small kitchen. This, along with the growing demand and little time for preparation, forced us to take a pause last year and rethink how to continue offering our tofu in the future.

The solution came thanks to the collaboration with our friend Mariluz, founder of The Nourishing Garden. Many of you know her for being the creator of the wonderful vegan cheeses that we sell in our store.

Homemade Organic Tofu

Her culinary knowledge and enthusiasm for the challenge made her accept the task of producing our tofu. Using the organic soya beans we sell at the store, Mariluz has been able to create the same firm and fresh tofu that our customers were used to!

From now on, you can find the tofu regularly in our store in Oud West or online. Delivery only in Amsterdam for the moment.

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Recipe of the month: Oven Baked Vegetables and Tofu

January brings us a very easy recipe to make, loaded with nutrients and colours to liven up this winter.

Start by choosing your favourite vegetables for this wholesome creation. In my rendition, I opted for a mix of potatoes, carrots, bell pepper, red onion, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and our homemade tofu. There are no rigid measures for this recipe; simply use as much or as little as you desire. This versatile dish is perfect for meal prep or serving a larger group, and its preparation is wonderfully convenient.

Begin by leaving the peel on the potatoes and cutting them into substantial chunks. Halve the mushrooms and toss them together in a generously oiled large bowl. Enhance the flavour with a mix of cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, thyme, chili flakes, ground black pepper, and salt to taste. Spread this vibrant mixture evenly on a tray lined with a reusable baking mat or parchment paper, then bake at 200°C. Check and mix every 15 minutes, continuing until the potatoes are tender and boast a beautifully browned exterior.

baked vegetables
tofu
baked vegetables

While the first tray works its magic, prepare the subsequent trays. Peel and cut the carrots into sizable chunks, cube the tofu, and dice the red onion. Repeat the ritual: bowl, oil, spices, mix, spread on the tray, and bake at 200°C until the carrots are tender, and the tofu takes on a golden hue.

For the grand finale, cut the bell pepper and broccoli into generous pieces, leaving the cherry tomatoes whole. Repeat the process once more and bake at 200°C until the bell pepper softens, and the broccoli takes on a delightful colour.

Each tray of this vegetable medley can be cooled and stored for later enjoyment or easily reheated when you're ready for another round!

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New Collaboration – Eat Yammy!

eat yammy
eat yammy
eat yammy

We are very glad and excited about this new collaboration, since it involves parents and children!. Would you like to be able to cook easy and healthy recipes making your kids participants of this experience? Ekta, Founder and Creator tells us about her initiative:

"Yammy is a Food education company that was founded recently and strives to create a positive impact on kids health and enable them to live a mindful life starting early one through nutritious and tasty food, fun parties, play and insightful education"

"My name is Ekta, the founder of Yammy and I am supported by my awesome team who are equally passionate about this very critical mission."

By collaborating with the ingredients contained in each Yammy box, we are supporting an excellent initiative that, in addition to help improving the health and well-being of children, put parents and kids together around cooking and preparing healthy and delicious snacks.

Learn more on eatyammy.nl and join their newsletter to stay updated. Their Instagram account Yammy is now live with details on products and services to enchant your kids.

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Unique Christmas Gift Ideas Await!

Vegan Cheese Gift Box

As we eagerly approach the festive season, the joy of giving becomes the heart of our celebrations. This Christmas, why not spread holiday cheer with thoughtful and unique gifts that leave a lasting impression? At Little Plant Pantry, we have come up with some ideas that can help you decide on a more sustainable and natural presents. Check it out!

Cheese Lover's Dream Basket: Indulge your craving for cheese with this exquisite selection of artisanal vegan cheeses from our producer The Nourishing Garden. The basket includes three different types: Feta in olive oil and spices, Chèvre topped with sun-dried tomatoes and Ricotta & Pesto. You can pair them with gourmet crackers and perhaps a fine bottle of wine. This gift is sure to bring joy to any cheese enthusiast's heart. Find more here

Culinary Adventure with Crispy Chili Oil Box: For the foodies and spice enthusiasts on your list, consider a Crispy Chili Oil Box that promises a journey of bold and flavorful discoveries. This box features artisanal chili oils that bring the flavour of different destinations around the world, such as Italy, Mexico and distant China. It's a delicious way to spice up the holiday season! Discover this cute set here

Sustainable Gift Boxes: Embrace the spirit of sustainability by choosing gifts that not only delight the recipient but also contribute to a healthier planet. Our Sustainable Gift Boxes are filled with eco-friendly goodies, from reusable lifestyle products to organic treats, making them the perfect choice for the environmentally conscious gift giver. Get them here!

Crispy chili oil gift box

Versatile and Always Appreciated: Gift Cards and Vouchers: Can't decide on the perfect gift? Let your loved ones choose their own treasures with a Gift Card or Voucher. Give away a voucher valid for a lunch experience at or kitchen, or a gift card for the amount you wish. Check all the alternative at our Gift and Voucher section here

 

This holiday season, go beyond the ordinary and make your gifts memorable. Whether it's a savoury delight, an eco-friendly gesture, a culinary adventure, or the freedom to choose, our Christmas gift ideas are designed to make this season of giving extra special.

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Recipe of the month: Peanut butter – Chocolate Chip Granola

Peanut butter chocolate chip granola

This time, we bring a recipe which result you might have tried at our store: The Peanut Butter- Chocolate Chip Granola. Whether sprinkled over (vegan) yogurt, paired with (plant-based) milk, or simply enjoyed by the handful, this granola is a versatile treat for any occasion!

Ingredients:

 

Instructions:

  • Create the nutty blend: In a pot, combine peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, and cacao powder. Heat on low, allowing the mixture to melt slowly. Stir occasionally for a smooth consistency.
  • Enhance the flavour: Optionally, add spices like cardamom, cinnamon, or vanilla extract to boost the flavour profile of your granola.
  • Incorporate oats: Once melted, incorporate the nutty blend into the oats. Stir thoroughly to ensure an even coating.
  • Preheat and prepare: Preheat your oven to 140°C. Line a baking tray with a silicone mat or parchment paper for easy cleanup.

 

Peanut butter chocolate chip granola
  • Spread and bake: Transfer the granola mixture onto the prepared tray, spreading it out evenly. Bake for about 30 minutes until the granola achieves a crunchy texture and releases an irresistible aroma. Stir the mixture a couple of times during baking for an extra crispy result.
  • Cool and add chocolate chips: Allow the granola to cool completely before mixing in the chocolate chips, ensuring a perfect blend of textures and flavours.
  • Store in airtight container: Once cooled and mixed, store your Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola in an airtight container to preserve its freshness.

Experience the joy of this homemade granola with our easy-to-follow recipe. It's an irresistible crispy combination of peanut butter and chocolate chips. Perfect for snacking, breakfast, or any time you crave a crunchy treat! But if you are curious about how it taste, you can find it always at our store in Oud West or online.

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Recipe of the month: Vegan Stroganoff with Soy Chunks

vegan stroganoff

Enjoy this culinary experience with our Vegan Stroganoff featuring soy chunks, a delectable dish designed for two. This hearty and satisfying recipe combines the rich, umami flavours of mushrooms and soy with a harmonious blend of spices and creamy textures, all while remaining entirely plant-based.

 

Ingredients:

  1. Begin by dicing the onions, mincing the garlic, and finely chopping the chili pepper. Also, chop the mushrooms into small, bite-sized pieces.
  2. In a large pot, heat some vegetable oil over medium heat. Sauté the onions, garlic, and chili until they become translucent and develop a slight caramelization.
  3. At this point, introduce all the spices for an explosion of flavor. Add a few tablespoons of paprika, a tablespoon of smoked paprika, two teaspoons of garlic powder, jalapeño flakes (adjust to your preferred spice level), and a pinch of thyme. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  4. Stir the spices into the onion mixture and allow them to toast for a minute or two, releasing their aromas and infusing the dish with depth.
  5. Add the chopped mushrooms and soy chunks to the pot. Mix thoroughly to ensure the spices and flavors coat the ingredients. Add the tomato puree, crushed tomatoes, and a tablespoon of vegetable broth.
  6. Rinse the tomato cans with water and pour that water into the pot. You might need to add more water occasionally as the soy chunks absorb a significant amount of liquid during cooking.
  7. Enhance the flavor profile with a touch of ketchup and mustard, to your taste. A few tablespoons or more can be used, depending on your preferences. If you fancy a bit of tanginess, throw in some pickled onions.
  8. Elevate the umami with a few spoons of miso paste, contributing to the dish's depth and richness.
  9. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer gently for at least 45 minutes to an hour. Stir regularly to ensure the flavors meld together harmoniously.
  10. Periodically taste the stroganoff and make adjustments as needed. You might find yourself adding more salt, mustard, or smoked paprika for that perfect balance.
  11. If you have fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, or parsley, now is the time to incorporate them for an extra layer of freshness.
  12. To finish, swirl in some vegan sour cream or cashew cream, and serve your delightful Vegan Stroganoff with rice or creamy mashed potatoes.

Enjoy the delightful flavors of this vegan stroganoff, where sustainability meets deliciousness. Share this wonderful meal with someone special for an unforgettable culinary experience.

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